Special liquor license bill clears Senate floor

TRENTON – Senate lawmakers approved legislation that would permit a special liquor license for certain economic development areas in the state.

The bill, S1904, would allow a liquor license to be granted for a site that generally would not meet the conditions for having one. The bill targets the redevelopment area established by the N.J. Meadowlands Commission.

It passed the Senate 30-4.

Currently, a municipality is limited to issuing one consumption license for each 3,000 residents and one distribution license for each 7,500 people.

Under this bill, one special retail consumption license may be issued in a given qualifying development project for every 50,000 square feet of improvements, not to exceed five permits. Additionally, one special retail distribution license may be issued in a given qualifying development project for every 100,000 square feet of improvements, not to exceed three permits. Special permits may not be transferred to any premises other than a premises located in the same qualifying development project.

A qualifying development project is a real estate development project located in a municipality having fewer than 1,000 residents and in a redevelopment area established by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission.

Special liquor license bill clears Senate floor